If you doubled your distance from the center of the solar system, what would happen to your orbital speed?

1 Answer
Jan 29, 2016

It would decrease and slow down.


The more the distant you are from the object you are orbiting, the slower you will orbit. For example, Neptune orbits the Sun once every 164 Earth years because it is 2 billion miles away while Mercury, which is 35 million miles away from the Sun, orbits the Sun once every 59 earth days. Therefore, if you orbit the Sun and doubled your distance from it, you'd orbit slowly.